If you follow us on social media (insert shameless plug here), you probably know that last weekend we got together for the first time in six months! It was awesome! Deborah and Andrew drove down to Jacksonville on Friday and crashed at Sarah and Ryan’s house for a couple of nights. They were thrilled to play host and hostess and did their best to showcase all Jacksonville has to offer, in hopes of making Deborah and Andrew want to move there. Haha!
Here are some highlights from the weekend…
Friday night, we got dinner at V Pizza in San Marco. The four of us shared a Pizza Della Donne and each couple got a salad to share. It was delicious! Then, we spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the house—the guys smoked cigars on the back deck while we shared some much-needed girl talk. Everyone had a great time!
The next morning, we headed back to San Marco for one of the best breakfast spots in town, Maple Street Biscuit Company! Their ordering process alone is genius. Instead of asking your name, they have a question of the day for you to answer. That day, the question was, “What’s your favorite band?” Sarah said U2 and Deborah answered Elvis, of course! Deborah even ran into an old friend from her Forever 21 days. The food and coffee were amazing, as always, and we all left with full stomachs!
It was supposed to rain all day Saturday but the weather turned out to be quite gorgeous. We wandered around the shops of San Marco for a while, including the bookstore where Deborah found some awesome Edgar Allen Poe socks and Sarah found a first edition copy of The Secret in the Old Attic! Unfortunately, neither item was purchased.
Then, we headed back across the river to Sarah and Ryan’s neck of the woods, downtown Jacksonville. We went to Hemming Park and checked out an annual local festival, GastroFest. There were beer tents, food trucks and some very talented local musicians. It was a lot of fun!
By that time, the weather had warmed up quite a bit, so we went across the street to Sweet Pete’s for some ice cream. You can kill a lot of time in the renovated mansion that also houses the restaurant, The Candy Apple Café—definitely on our list for next time! They have a bunch of board games on hand upstairs, so we played a round of Apples to Apples while enjoying our ice cream treats!
From there, we headed out to Jax Beach for bowling. Sarah, ever the savvy spender, had gotten a great deal from Groupon for the bowling alley. Unfortunately, there turned out to be an hour long wait for a lane, so we decided to save the bowling for next time. Instead, we went down the road to Adventure Landing and played a round of mini-golf! Deborah was well in the lead for the first half of the game (she was only one over par!), but the boys pulled through and beat us. With a par of 36, nobody stayed on par, but Ryan came the closest with a score of 46.
By the time we had finished our mini golf, we were all hungry again. There’s a Poe’s Tavern down in Jacksonville (much to Andrew and Deborah’s surprise), but the kitchen had closed by the time we got there. We decided it was time to take the boys to our old stomping grounds: Miller’s Ale House. This sports bar was the place we spent many late nights with our friends, so it was a fun trip down memory lane, along with some still tasty food (Zingers Mountain Melt, anybody?). We tried to put it off for as long as we could, but, by the time we got back to the house, everyone was ready for bed.
The next morning, we went to Metro Diner for brunch. This place is apparently one of the hidden gems of Jacksonville (the first time Sarah and Ryan went, the server thought Sarah was crazy for having lived in Jacksonville her whole life and never having eaten there!). More of that unexpected nice weather made it possible for us to enjoy an outdoor brunch and a nice relaxing Sunday morning together.
After brunch, we realized, in all of the fun we’d been having, we’d totally forgot to sit down and talk blog! We poured ourselves some drinks in our cute matching mugs, took the obligatory photo, and sat down in front of the computer. We worked on some scheduling ideas and social media interaction we’re hoping to bring to y’all soon.
Unfortunately, the time finally came for The SC Half to head back home. We packed up the car, hugged and said our goodbyes.
It was definitely bittersweet, but we’re already planning our next get together! Hopefully it won’t take another 6 months for us to see each other again.
If we had our way, we’d be doing it all again today, but alas, these 238 miles separate us for the time being. How about you? What’s the latest fun you’ve had with your best friend? Let us know in the comments below. Or tag us in some of your pictures on Instagram: @238milesapart.